Job Title: Female* Personal Assistant
Location: Littlehampton
Hourly rate: £12.50
Reference: DP6776
Hours/shifts: Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm Job share will be considered so please apply for any hours you are able to do

Summary:

Patient, empathetic and reliable PA required to support my 90 yr old mother with advanced dementia. Tasks will include assisting with personal hygiene, preparation and assistance with food, light housework to ensure a safe clean environment, administering medication.

Other Requirements
• *"Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9."
• Must have a UK driving licence
• Must have access to own vehicle
• Other :
All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check
Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

Description
Typical duties

Domestic -
Preparing drinks, snacks and meals
General housework tasks, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming
Tidying
Taking out rubbish
Bed making, changing bed linen
Helping with laundry, washing, drying, ironing, putting away
Minor household maintenance, e.g. changing light bulbs, taking down curtains for washing
Making tea for the employer's guests
Shopping

Personal Care:
• Assistance/supervision with washing, bathing/showering and drying as required
• Help getting into and out of bath/shower as required
• Drying/brushing hair
• Assistance with applying cream
• General hair/skin care
• Catheter care
• Using the toilet
• Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings
• Getting into bed
• Help with dispensing tablets
• Ensuring medication taken at correct times
• Getting in and out of the wheelchair ('transferring')
• Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, assistance to eat
• Physiotherapy exercises

Social:
• Accompanying and assisting employer on shopping trips when required
• Accompanying and driving employer when accessing social and leisure activities
• Accompanying employer to doctors/hospital appointments when required
• Occasional longer journeys
• Driving and accompanying to social events such as:
• The above duties will involve driving the employer in the PA’s car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the employer’s wheelchair when out. Alternatively, I would use my walking stick.
• Whilst on duty at the employer’s home watching TV and assisting with craft activities
• Lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the employer’s manual wheelchair when out.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be:
• Female * due to personal care needs
• Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality
• Reliable with good time-keeping
• Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
• Hygienic, tidy minded and well organised
• Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
• Patience and possess excellent interpersonal skills
• Honest and cheerful
• Creative
• Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
• Legally permitted to work in the United Kingdom
• Able to work at all times to high standards of Health & Safety

Previous experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to these roles.

Please note, if you are successful in your application for this role you will be employed directly through the individual employer and not Independent Lives